Alt + Poster is a (semi) regular feature where we, the SAW staff, share our favorite foreign and alternative movie posters with the Wasteland.
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I could find very little information on this amazing Star Wars poster. Here’s what I know: George Lucas commissioned French artist Philippe Druillet to create a painting based on Star Wars. This is what he came up with. I don’t know if it was used officially or even where the original ended up.
That’s not much to go on, but I think the art speaks for itself. I love how rough and organic it is, and I just really appreciate how different it is from what we see on film. I’m not sure why this sort of thing fascinates me so much, but it’s something I can remember noticing going back to even my childhood. It mostly annoyed me then when I’d see a cool VHS cover and rent and watch the movie only to realize the art was nowhere to be found in the actual movie. Now, it has the opposite effect. I actually miss the days of poster art that deviates from the actual film. I think I like the idea that these stories look different when filtered through the lens of someone else’s imagination. Half the fun of these movies has always been letting these characters roam freely in my mind, and I think these posters are the product of that same phenomenon.
What do you think? This too weird or is it just weird enough? Does it expand your understanding of the galaxy far, far away or constrict it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.